ACCRA: A PROMINENT Ghanaian banking consultant has projected more acquisitions and mergers in the sector following Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited’s 100 percent purchase of ProCredit Savings and Loans Company Limited this week. “The chances are that we are going to see more of that rather than less of that, for the simple reason that there […]
Small and medium businesses in Jwaneng will profit from the annual Toyota 1000 Kalahari desert race, according to Botswana Tourism Organisation’s public relations officer, Ms Keitumetse Setlang. Addressing ward development committees recently, Ms Setlang said vendors and hawkers would be given licences to sell during the three-day event. She explained that the intention was to […]
THE MASSIMO ZANETTI BEVERAGE GROUP: 100% acquisition of Boncafe Group, a leader in Southeast Asia’s & Middle East’s gourmet coffee market.
VILLORBA (TREVISO), Italy, May 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE / Asianet-Pakistan) — The Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group (MZB Group), the first private group in the global coffee market thanks to international brands such as Segafredo Zanetti, Chock full o’Nuts, Kauai and Hill Bros (USA) and Meira (Finland), announced today the acquisition of the entire share capital […]
Sunday Standard Senior Reporter Edgar Tsimane Granted Asylum By South African Government [press release]
Sunday standard senior reporter Edgar Tsimane has been granted asylum by the South African government after he fled Botswana in fear of his safety. Tsimane fled to South Africa fearing for his life after security agents reportedly harassed him for writing a series stories about the Executive arm of Government. Sunday Standard lawyer Dick Bayford […]
Sunday Standard Editor Outsa Mokone has been arrested by Botswana Police. Mokone was arrested on Monday 8 September 2014. According to warrant of arrest issued by the Gaborone Magistrate Court Mr Mokone was arrested in connection with a “seditious intention contrary to section 50(1) (a) as read with section 51(1)(c) of the Penal Code” in […]
Namibia’s senior netball team on Friday departed for Gaborone, Botswana to compete in the 2015 Netball World Cup qualifiers. Namibia has been selected to play World Cup qualifying games along with Botswana, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Kenya in Botswana from 14 to 20 September 2014. Only the top two teams will qualify for […]
Botswana Government Must Provide HIV Treatment to Foreign Prisoners, Says High Court [press release]
Today, the Botswana High Court ordered the government to provide anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment to HIV-positive, foreign prisoners at state expense. The court held that the denial of ARV treatment to foreign prisoners violated their constitutional rights. “This court decision has affirmed that the government is legally obligated to immediately provide life-saving ARV treatment to foreign […]
HIV infection is still the biggest challenge facing the country, says coordinator of the National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA), Ms Grace Muzila. Briefing the media yesterday, June 16, about the recent Botswana AIDS Impact Survey (BAIS) IV, she said the national HIV prevalence rate was estimated at 18.5% among people aged 18 months and above. […]
Assistant Minister of Health, Dr Gloria Somolekae says cancer care highlights issues of equity and equality in accessing health care services. Speaking at the official closing of the three-day oncology symposium in Gaborone on May 8, she said it further highlighted issues of a weak health care systems and the need to address chronic disease […]
Senegal continued their winning spree beating Botswana 2-0 away in Gaborone in their Group E clash on Wednesday. Botswana went into the game nursing a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Tunisia three days earlier in Monastir, while their West African counter-parts came into the game boosted by their 2-0 thumping of Egypt. Senegal started […]
Botswana Zebras were in fine galloping form as they stormed to an impressive 2-0 win over Guinea Bissau to take a huge step towards sealing a place in the group phase of AFCON Morocco 2015 qualifying. Red hot Lemponye Tshireletso’s first half brace at the National Stadium in Gaborone was decisive for the Zebras. Botswana […]
As this year’s Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1 000 Desert Race draws nearer, the festivity fever is already on the air notwithstanding the ongoing world cup excitement in Brazil. With many fans of the country’s annual and only marathon event in the Donaldson calendar looking forward to a fun filled activity at the new host town […]
Stephan Coetzee began his career in South Africa, working as a metallurgist for an engineering company, before becoming a material science technician at the University of Cape Town. From there, he moved to the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, where he balanced technician work at the electron microscope unit with further studies in physical […]
NextLOGiK Announces CompWALK, an Online Software Platform That Allows Companies to Self-Administer Compliance and Quality Management
COLUMBIA, Md., Feb. 27, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE / Asianet-Pakistan) — NextLOGiK, a Columbia, Md.-based technology company, has launched CompWALK, a mobile-ready, online software platform that allows organizations in all industries to measure compliance with regulations, industry standards and corporate benchmarks. CompWALK (www.compwalk.com) can be used by any type of organization that needs to measure performance […]
There are 54 states on the continent, yet the media insists on referring to it as one place. A new app identifies the culprits
Many public figures and journalists have no problem describing someone from Botswana and a person from Mauritania as “Africans”. They probably wouldn’t call them “Americans” if they were from Brazil and the United States, even though the distance between the two is the same – and the economic conditions as different.
You don’t have a film called Out of Asia and you rarely go to Oceania on holidays (instead you talk of vacations in Australia, New Zealand or another island). Yet for a continent of one billion people three times the size of the US, it’s no problem to call it by one single name – “Africa“! This is hugely detrimental to many countries. When a civil war starts in the Central African Republic (Africa!), it negatively impacts countries as far away as Senegal (Africa!) and Lesotho (Africa!). This has to change.
What can be measured can be changed. By measuring how many articles talk of “Africa” without mentioning a specific country, we show in the app Africa Isn’t A Country how widespread the prejudice against the continent actually is. And we give journalists a tool to measure their progress towards more sensible reporting.
Because “Europe” is used to describe the European Union and “America” is used as a synonym for the United States, the coverage of Africa can only be compared with that of Asia. See how the Guardian, for instance, uses “Africa” as an all-purpose word to describe anything from Tangiers to Cape Town. Comparing the mentions of the three biggest African economies with the three biggest Asian ones, we see how much less precise reporting of African countries remains:
Guardian journalist don’t use “Asia” when talking of Hyderabad or Shenzhen. They use “India” and “China”. But for Africa:
The methodology vastly understates the problem. If a piece talks at length of “African” leaders discussing “African” issues in “Tunisia”, it will not appear in the statistics above.
More interestingly, the sections suffering from this syndrome are not culture, fashion and travel, as one could think. Looking at the seven sections that contain more than half of all the articles mentioning only Africa, the ones most prone to treating Africa as a country are world news, Comment is free and Global development.
Most of the time, journalists are not to blame. The tweet from Bill Clinton, above, is as meaningless as announcing that he landed between Calgary and Buenos Aires. As a head of state, he must have noticed that Obasanjo and Mandela did not rule the same country, though. More recently, the German defence minister explained that “the situation in Africa is serious”. I hope that she sends the Bundeswehr to more precise locations.
The blame does not fall entirely on celebrities and politicians. Guardianistas produced some surprising pieces, notably one that informs us that Africa can feed itself. There, the name of the continent is mentioned 13 times but the reader will not know that South Africa, for instance, is a net food exporter (like 18 other African countries).
See here the list of articles that contain the term “Africa” but no other African country name. See the same query for Asia. Unfortunately, The Guardian has a section called “Middle East and Africa” that produces a lot of false positives, such as articles about Syria that appear in the results because of the name of the section. To correct this, all articles containing the names of Middle Eastern countries have been excluded from the count, which decreases dramatically the count of articles for Egypt. The total count is also inflated because of multimedia pieces (an image displaying the names of specific countries will be included in the “mentioning only Africa” category if the title mentions only the continent).